Match Preview – Arsenal vs Stoke

Published 01/09/2015, 1:54 PM EST


Just weeks after Stoke humiliated Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium, the Potters and the Gunners will meet again at the Emirates. The two clubs have recently become fierce rivals due to their different playing styles and, unfortunately, the somewhat uncouth and disrespectful actions of some of the Stoke supporters. These are always tasty fixtures, and whichever side is playing at home has a huge advantage.

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Now it’s Arsenal’s turn to reap the rewards of hosting this match. Will they be able to get revenge for their defeat earlier this season??

Availability of several key players is a huge boost for the Gunners especially with the return of Mesut Özil into the team, which will definitely boost the morale.

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Availability is one thing, but you also want your best players in their best positions. Ozil’s displacement from the No. 10 role was doubtless a contributory factor to his poor early-season form. Arsenal fans are very much excited to see their star man back on the pitch.

And with Ramsey, Arteta and Flamini all coming in, the 2nd half of the season should be very interesting and with Alexis, Gunners look to regain the champions league spot and book their berth for another season. Their defense though might be marred by their shotstopper’s recent smoking row.

Predicted Lineups:

Arsenal: Ospina/Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ox, Alexis, Giroud
Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Muniesa, Pieters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Bojan, Arnautovic, Crouch

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Arsenal v Stoke City
Emirates Stadium
KO at 7 PM IST

Telecast on SS4 and SS HD1

Score Prediction:

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Arsenal 3 – 1 Stoke City

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Pranav Kuchimanchi

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